Went to the cosplay party at the Japan Society yesterday and wore my Count D kimono. It was nice to see some friends and the exhibit of prints was interesting but it seemed a bit dull otherwise and I think the price increase over last year was a bit much. :-/ There were definitely less people than last year; the auditorium was only half to two-thirds full for the costume contest.
And as mentioned last time, here’s the somewhat long story behind my AnimeNext costume plan getting changed from Valentine to Lia…
I was talking to my brother the other week about cons since the only other ones we have planned this year are AnimeNext and NYAF and I’ve been having very little luck finding a good one to add that’s within reasonable distance since I won’t fly. Plus, he doesn’t want to add any cons during his school year so that leaves only summer. And he said why don’t we go to Otakon since he’s never been to that one before and it’s right in the middle of summer so it doesn’t conflict with anything else. Even though I’d been trying to avoid Otakon since it’s so expensive and my least favorite of the large cons I’ve been to. >_>;
So, I checked and surprisingly, there were still a couple of hotels with con rates left (I missed them both times I went before which made things extra expensive). And one of them happened to be the Harbor Court Hotel
, where the Costume Con tea party
was last year. They had nice lobby areas, including a circular staircase, a library, and old-fashioned paintings, and I was sad my brother wasn’t along to take pictures that time. T_T
So, I booked the room and now, it looks like we’re going to Otakon although I’m more excited about the possibility of taking pictures in the hotel and afternoon tea than anything at the con itself. >_>; And to take advantage of the hotel for photos, my costume plans have completely flip flopped. So, I’m now trying to do Lia’s Russian portrait gown for AnimeNext and Kyoya’s final episode costume for Otakon so I can have both for then. So much for summer appropriate cosplay… >_>;;; And checking for interest… Is anyone interested in and/or has friends who would be interested in a costume tea party at Otakon?
The Costume Con tea last year was one of the highlights of the con for me and I would love to do something like that again. *_* There were around 30 costumers, mostly in historical dresses. I think this would be particularly good for series with period settings like Le Chevalier and Kuroshitsuji, series where the characters often have tea like Ouran and PSOH, gowns and other dressy cosplays, and lolita outfits.
We had the prix-fixe teas so that everyone got tea, a scone, little sandwiches, and pastries. I remember it being around $24 a person but don’t know if it has changed since then since the tea menu
doesn’t list prices. The hotel is about 3-4 blocks from the con center and only serves afternoon tea on Fridays and Saturdays so it would have to be one of those afternoons; I assume Friday would be better in case people are in the masquerade.